Beef Week launches busking competition

IN addition to showcasing the best cattle in the country, this year's Casino Beef Week will also aim to single out the town's most promising musical talent.

The inaugural Casino Beef Week Busking Competition will give budding local performers a platform to lassoo in an audience.

The competition offers $1000 in prizes for artists who come first, second and third as well as a stage position on Saturday May 30 in Canterbury St.

Seasoned buskers Kym Watling and Geoff Bates of the self-titled band, Watling & Bates, have been together for 13 years and will be entering the competition.

They describe their music as being similar to Appalachian mountain music.

Samba Blisstas at Beef Week 2010:
Samba Blisstas at Beef Week 2010:

"We play old time, gothic, hill billy and honky tonk, and all at the same time," Mr Bates said.

"And waltzes, lots of waltzes; it's really fun watching young kids try and get a handle on the three/four timing and get the waltz movements," Ms Watling said.

Watling & Bates are not new to Beef Week. Last year they performed at 7am.

"It's not easy to get up and sing at 7am," Ms Watling said

"We'll be back there again this year, hopefully we'll get a spot at the cow lotto or something."

The busking competition is just one example of how the festival has expanded to include more than just beef.

The registration form for the Casino Beef Week Busking Competition can be downloaded from http://www.casinobeefweek.com.au.